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MASS MoCA Internship Program

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MASS MoCA Fall 2017 Internships

Internship Application Deadline: Monday, August 7
Internship Dates:
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, December 17 (unless otherwise specified)
All applicants must be US citizens, over the age of 18
Most interns MUST have a valid US driver’s license unless specified.

Digital Services Intern: The intern documents all of MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs, as well as education activities, art fabrication, studio residencies, development events, and the overall vibrancy of our bustling 16-acre, 28-building campus. The intern organizes and maintains current and archive material within an online digital assets management system. In addition to comfort shooting and editing (Photoshop) still images, the intern should have significant experience in recording moving images and editing video (Final Cut Pro-X). The intern will update the museum’s robust website as well as contribute to our social media platforms. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.

Communications: The intern works on all aspects of marketing and public relations to support MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs. There is a strong emphasis on groundwork: street-level marketing throughout western Massachusetts, northwest Connecticut, eastern-central New York, and southern Vermont. The marketing intern logs lots of miles spreading news about MASS MoCA events across our beautiful region. Days in the office include written contributions to social media, eblasts, websites, press releases, and other promotional material. The interns are responsible for preparing press kits and for keeping MASS MoCA’s event listings current on regional event calendars. The interns help with bulk mailings, occasionally staff an off-site information booth interacting with tourists, and sometimes join an ambassador team to attend concerts, comedy shows, and music festivals around the northeast to promote our extensive program of live events. Interns are expected to attend internal and interdepartmental marketing meetings, museum tours, and work a weekly shift at the museum’s busy Info Desk. If that sounds like a lot — it’s because it is — and we promise tons of fun along the way. A driver’s license and sense of humor are required.

Stage Tech / Performing Arts Production: Interns work with the production coordinator, master electrician, house sound engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theater, music, and films. This includes hands­-on in all of the following areas: carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew. You are not required to have a driver’s license.

Performing Arts Administration: Intern works directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files, databases, and calendars. The intern will alternate between the Director of Artist Services & Intern Programs and project coordinator with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, and assisting with front-of-house operations as well as with artist services to arrange transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. You are required to have a valid US driver’s license.

Development: Interns in the development department will work to help ensure the success of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, which supports $3.3m in annual income. Work will vary between specifics projects, for which the intern will have the opportunity to see the project from start to finish, and individual tasks on larger projects directed by department staff. The intern will gain experience in prospect research, grant-writing, direct mail solicitations, special events, membership programs, and database management. In an average week, you will spend approximately 40% of your time working on prospect research and proposal preparation, 40% on membership and individual giving, with the remaining 20% alternating as the workload requires. You are not required to have a driver’s license.

Visual Arts (Curatorial): Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities consist mainly of research, writing, and administrative duties, and may also include assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of art works as necessary, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Intern also works with the Education department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient, and have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Visual Arts (Registrarial): Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. This position is primarily focused on registrarial duties, including the maintenance of checklists and databases, preparation of loan requests, and assisting with condition reports. Responsibilities may also include research, correspondence with lenders and artists, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of A/V equipment and lighting, and assisting in the preparation, fabrication, and installation of artworks as needed. Intern also works with the Education department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be detail-oriented, have good written and verbal communication skills, and have a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Graphic Design: Intern assists in day-to-day tasks of the museum’s in-house design studio, working directly with the senior and junior graphic designers. Projects include production and installation of vinyl exhibition graphics and wayfinding signage; design and production of seasonal marketing collateral (posters, ads, social media graphics); vendor contact; upkeep of website components; and general studio tasks. Intern should demonstrate enthusiasm, stamina, good attention to detail, and willingness to work with a team. Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio link in order to be considered for this internship. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.

Education: The intern works as part of the team in the Education Department, with primary responsibilities devoted to leading interpretive public and group tours of current exhibitions, and interacting with museum visitors at the museum’s information desk. Additional responsibilities may be to assist in Kidspace to oversee public hours, help visitors explore Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage and create their own works of art. The intern assists the Education Department with: upcoming events and gallery activities; family guides and curriculum activities; grant research; and with some office duties as needed. Weekend hours required. This is a great opportunity for a student (especially education and arts majors) to learn how to make contemporary art accessible to the public through educational programming, and a successful candidate is one who is outgoing, enjoys public speaking, and has a genuine interest in working with people of all abilities. Should also have strong writing skills.

To apply to the MASS MoCA Internship Program: Send application form, cover letter, résumé, and two letters of references via email: internapplications@massmoca.org or fax to MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director at 413.664.4519.

Fall-Winter Education Fellow

DATES: September 8, 2017 – May 28, 2018
Regular days: Tuesday – Saturday

The Fall-Winter Education Fellowship is an opportunity for an emerging museum/arts professional to gain hands-on experience with social justice art education and community engagement in a museum context. The Fellow will work closely with the Director of Education and the K-12 Education Manager in support of existing community engagement programs, including leading social justice tours, maintaining community partnerships, and supporting community programming, as well as building research and developing strategies for future social justice programming.

Specific duties include:
● Lead one spotlight social justice tour for the general public per week;
● Serve as lead tour guide for social justice tours for Grades 8-12 school groups and facilitate outreach to schools;
● Lead additional museum tours as needed;
● Liaise with community partner organizations to support community programming and conduct outreach to establish new partnerships;
● Provide logistical and hands-on support for successful implementation of community programs;
● Conduct evaluation efforts including teacher surveys, artist testimonials, group attendance records, and other data for use in grant reporting, annual reports, and community blog;
● Support teaching artist residencies for high school groups;
● Facilitate and support professional development opportunities for area teachers;
● Support museum-wide visitor services and public engagement as needed, including 1 shift per week at the Information Desk, 1 shift per week refilling brochures, and occasional ArtBar shifts and other tours.

Qualifications: The Education Fellow should have a Bachelor’s Degree in art, art history, education, or sociology with 1+ years of experience in community arts and/or arts/museum education. The Fellow must have demonstrated interest and experience in social justice, inclusion, and accessibility work in a museum or non-profit setting. Must also have experience in leading tours and excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Typical full-time work schedule includes one weekend day and occasional evening hours.

Compensation: Housing and weekly stipend

To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and two references by August 11 to education@massmoca.org

No phone calls, please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.


Q: How do I apply via email?
A: We encourage you to apply via email. You may submit application materials (this application, cover letter, résumé, and two reference letters) in the text of an email or as PDF attachments. Reference letters may be submitted separately by the person writing the letter. Please ask references to include contact information in their letter. Submit all applications to Meghan Robertson Labbee.

Q: May reference letters be submitted via email?
A: Yes. Two reference letters may be submitted via email with your application or separately. Please ask letter-writers to include contact information.

Q: May I apply via regular mail?
A: Yes. Please address mailed applications to Meghan Robertson Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Q: Will my application be reviewed if it is incomplete?
A: No, departments only review completed applications.

Q: Is a valid driver’s license required?
A: In most departments, it is required and will be listed in each internship description. Those departments do not accept candidates that do not meet this criteria.

Q: Are MASS MoCA internships open to international applicants?
A: MASS MoCA can only accept applications from applicants who already have US citizenship. Unfortunately, we are unable to be a host organization for an international applicant.


Q: Are the interns compensated?
A: All departments offer each intern $125/week stipend, plus housing for the duration of the internship in that department.

Q: What is intern housing like?
A: Located within walking distance of MASS MoCA, intern housing is furnished with basic furniture, kitchenware, TV/DVD, basic cable, washer/dryer, WiFi Internet, and off-street parking. Interns share a bedroom (usually 2 interns per bedroom) and common areas with fellow interns. Interns are responsible for their own meals.

Q: Are pets permitted in intern housing?
A: No, pets are not permitted in intern housing. Please find alternate pet care for the full duration of your internship.


Q: How many hours do interns work?
A: Full-time interns will work 40+ hours per week. This is the best way to experience the inner workings of each department. Days off are determined by each department according to its needs.

Q: Are interns allowed to leave for several days at a time?
A: If you have a wedding or some other brief (1–2 days) event to attend that has been planned in advance, please inform us of those dates if you are selected for an interview. If you would need to leave the internship for one week or more, please do not apply now. Consider applying in the future when your schedule is more flexible. We are looking for people who can work continuously for the duration of an internship. Summer is MASS MoCA’s busiest season.

Q: Do I have to stay the whole time?
A: Yes, you must be available for the full duration of the internship. There will be no exceptions for start or ending dates.


Q: What type of educational requirements will be part of this program?
A: There are three elements of the program:
1. Visitor Services: All interns interact with our audience by leading weekly public tours and working at the Information Desk.
2. Intern Education: Weekly presentation and discussion by department heads and/or visiting artists.
3. Intern Outings: All-intern, bi-weekly excursions to other regional cultural institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

Q: Who covers travel expenses?
A: Each intern is responsible for his or her own travel expenses to and from MASS MoCA.

Q: Is it possible to get academic-credit internships?
A: Yes, email Meghan Robertson Labbee for details, as they change each semester.

Q: More questions?
A: Please email Meghan Robertson Labbee.

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